Iconic film star, actor and comedian Robin Williams has passed away, aged 63 and I know I’m not the only one who feels overwhelmingly sad at the news. Robin Williams was one of those fair-weather actors that shaped all of our lives in some way or form, particularly for those who grew up watching his films.

When our parents were getting divorced and everything seemed a little strange and new, he gave us Mrs Doubtfire. When we were just old enough to enjoy being scared a little, we let him freak us out in Jumanji. Then when we got old enough to begin to understand our emotions and embrace them, he gave us Patch Adams and What Dreams May Come.

There was clearly much more to the story then we know, or could ever hope to understand, but for our generation, Robin Williams will always be the cross-dressing Nanny who helped to shape our childhood and most importantly, who made us laugh.

So, to do justice in remembering the great man with the even bigger heart, here are 10 quotes from some of his most iconic roles that we grew up knowing and loving.


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“…I don’t have very much time these days so I’ll make it quick. Like my life. You know, as we come to the end of this phase of our life, we find ourselves trying to remember the good times and trying to forget the bad times, and we find ourselves thinking about the future. We start to worry, thinking, “What am I gonna do? Where am I gonna be in ten years?” But I say to you, “Hey, look at me!” Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did. I made it, Mom. I’m a grown up.” – Jack (1996)


“Nice work Judy” – Alan Partridge, Jumanji (1995)


“Oh, to be free. To Not have to go ‘POOF, what do you need? POOF, what do you need? POOF, what do you need? To be my own master, such a thing would be greater than all of the magic and all the treasures in all the world. But what am I talking about? Let’s get real here, that’s never gonna happen. Genie, wake up and smell the hummus!” – Genie in Aladdin (1992)


“A whole human life is just a heartbeat here in Heaven. Then we’ll all be together forever.” – Chris Nielsen, What dreams may come (1998)


“I love you with every cell, with every atom. I love you on a subatomic level.”- Professor Philip ‘Phil’ Brainard, Flubber (1997)


“To be acknowledged for who and what I am, no more, no less. Not for acclaim, not for approval, but, the simple truth of that recognition. This has been the elemental drive of my existence, and it must be achieved, if I am to live or die with dignity.” – Andrew Martin, Bicentennial man (1999)


“I just want to know one thing. Are your kids well-behaved? Or do they need like, a few light slams every now and then?” – Mrs Doubtfire (1993)


“You’re a… you’re a complex Freudian hallucination having something to do with my mother and I don’t know why you have wings, but you have very lovely legs and you’re a very nice tiny person and what am I saying, I don’t know who my mother was; I’m an orphan and I’ve never taken drugs because I missed the sixties, I was an accountant.” – Peter Banning, Hook (1991)


“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” – Hunter Patch Adams, Patch adams (1998)


“Humans can’t feel anything. They’re numb from the brain down.” – Batty Koda, Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

Beth Gladstone

Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.

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